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went out the emergency exit, dropping open the door behind him. 24-year-old james eagan holmes was apparently gearing up for an action scene of his own. police say he had with him a smith & wesson assault rifle, a remington pump action shotgun and two glock semiautomatic pistols. 12:39 this was the scene on the screen, christian bail, holmes came back through the emergency exit wearing a gas mask. witnesses say he threw a green canister into the crowd, filling the theater with smoke. >> your eyes are burning. makes you want to close them. you can't breathe. >> reenacting a scene, witnesses say holmes fired into the air and then started shooting into the crowd. >> first, was the guy seating right next to me got shot in the chest. >> the bullet cases falling on my fore med. >> at that moment, i remember thinking i'm not going to die in here. me and my kids are not going to die in here. i need to get them out. >> he walks further, he points it at me. he has a rifle in my face. >> there's a moment where my daughter tripped. i just pulled her up and i was just dragging her. i was th
evening. we begin with that bizarre scene in a colorado courtroom today. james holmes, the 24-year-old suspect, appearing in court just four days after he allegedly opened fire in a movie theater. the flame red hair, the dazed look. in the front row, parents and friends of the victims, studying his face. the father-in-law of one of the victims said he looked demonic. david muir has covered this story since the first bulletin and he he is outside the courtroom. david? >> reporter: as you know, so many families want to focus on the families, the victims here. but today, a community paused to stare down a gunman. >> the guards on the courthouse has the suspect came in. and a woman on crutches a couple arm in arm. and james holmes, his hair still died that comic book color. and his eyes, wide open. and a stunned expression. and struggling to keep them open to stay away. >> you have a right to -- >> reporter: also, was the suspect on medication. he went from one extreme to the other. his bulging eyes and his head dropping. we asked former fbi agent brad garrett to fill us in. >> he is i
studying for some meaning, how did james holmes become the 24-year-old grad student who called himself "the joker." across the country, abc news is on this story and david mur is starting our coverage of what happened in that theater minute by minute. >> diane, good evening. this the the movie theater in colorado. it is incredible to think last night those theaters with sold out. so many movie goer excited to see batman. they saw a real life horror scene. they carry t oud the bo disof the dead. >> reporter: these are the terrifying moments captured on a cellphone. the chaos that unfolded minutes into the new "batman" movie. >> oh my god. this is crazy. >> reporter: moviegoers thought the first signs of smoke in that theatre were all part of the premiere. but soon patrons were racing from the theatre covered in blood. it all began as a night of anticipation. four sold out theatres in aurora, colorado -- just outside denver. some people dressed as characters from the film. some tweets from those arriving -- it's going to be a good night, wrote one. but 24-year-old james holmes, the suspect, h
suspect. >> hello, i'm james. >> reporter: taken six years ago when james holmes spoke at a science camp. sources tell abc news the automatic rifle holmes allegedly used jammed during the shooting spree but he had extended clips for other weapons that held up to 40 rounds. holmes also recent lead applied for a membership at the private gun rage but was turned away because the owner thought he was "creepy." aurora's mayor is concerned the death toll could rise. >> we saw some people yesterday who, who are still terribly injured. and may not make it. >> reporter: holmes will make his first court appearance in the morning. we are told it is brief and he will not enter a plea. rob, paula, back to you. >> thanks to brandi, the make shift memorial to victims keeps on growing as friends and strangers alike as they add flowers, american flags and personal mementos on the site in the shadows of the century 16 movie theater, a cross has been placed for each of the 12 victims. >> same guy made the crosses that made them for columbine. >> he came back from aurora, illinois, where he was traveling fr
holmes peeks out for the first time. and less than 24 hours after the joe paterno statue comes down, penn state is punished heavily. we're getting a first look now at the accused mastermind in one of the deadliest shooting massacres in recent history. >> the mug shot of jason holmes was released just hours after learning the charges he faces. >> there is a lot to discuss. spokesperson for the family is talking and holmes himself sets for the first time before a judge. in his first court appearance, a dazed-looking jason holmes remains silent. he could face the death penalty in connection with the friday morning feeder shooting spree in aurora colorado, a claim doesn't lives and left many other seriously -- that claimed a dozen lives and left many others seriously injured. >> i feel like i want to make sure justice is taken with this man and support everyone has been to this. >> for the first time, we are hearing from the suspect's family. >> the family want to reiterate that their hearts go out to the victims and their families. >> the family attorney spoke to the media an
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the and a block buster break up as katie holmes shocks tom cruise with divorce papers. what will scientology might have played in the superstar split. >>> think fast, johnny dep, angelina jolie and the hollywood elite. while he may not be making friends in hollywood, his smash hit, the office, has been making his fans. >>> plus, cnn's anderson cooper tells the world he's gay in a simple e-mail exchange. a lot has changed since elen degeneral rhus, tonight how more and more celebrities are coming out casually. >>> this is "nightline," july 2, 2012. >> good evening. i'm terry mor reason. tonight an extremely rich hollywood couple, high profile religion and divorce battle that's about to thrust both of them into the spotlight. katie holmes blind sided tom cruise with divorce papers after five years of marriage and asking for full custody of their daughter, suri. it's a surprise move that's raised a delicate question of faith and marriage. could cruise's famous devotion to the church of scientology be one of the causes of the split? here is abc's dan harris. >> reporter: in the celebrity divorces, thi
ranging from three months old to 45 years old. he accused shooter, james holmes is in custody. >> we have more on what exactly happened. >> just moments ago the family of the suspect james holmes issued a statement saying their heart goes out of those involved. they also asked for their privacy at this time. we are learning more about the suspects, including that he is a student at the university of colorado medical school but withdrew last month. an aspiring sports journalist named jessica is the first person to be identified in this horrific incident. mayhem in a colorado movie theater. 24-year-old james holmes opened fire at a midnight screening of batman killing 12 people. images of the scene were captured on cell phones. according to witnesses james holmes dressed in all black wearing a gas mask and a bulletproof vest. he released some sort of gas then opened fire. >> i tried to help my friends get out. >> 12 people were killed, dozens of others ranging in age from three months to 45 years old were taken to area hospitals many in critical condition. >> anywhere from mild to severe i
the suspect, james holmes, is expected in court today. police continue to seek a motive behind the spree. >>> other news this morning, penn state awaiting the penalty. the school's football program paying the price in connection with the jerry sandusky case. >>> police take dramatic action against protesters angry over the shooting death of an unarmed man. >>> good monday morning, everybody. president obama was among those remembering the victims and comforting survivors in the aftermath of the shooting in colorado. >> the president hugged stephanie davis, who helped save her friend's life. we're learning much more about the suspect in the shooting. >> we begin with rebecca stevens. >> reporter: we're in front of the arapahoe county courthouse where the suspect is behind us in solitary confinement. later, he's going to be taken by an underground tunnel to the county courthouse. that happens later this morning. james holmes won't be charged today. prosecutors have three days to file the actual charges. at least 71 of them, one for each victim, and probably more. 12 people died. and severa
tonight, an abc news exclusive. for the first time, video of the gunman james holmes. as new details emerge about his alernlged effort to gun a gun range. the own horse said no because of red flags. "world news" the police chief here who describes what it was like in the suspect's apartment. >> i have never seen anything like it. >> and the lives lost, the 12 faces. tonight, the stories. the beautiful girl with ice cream. and the patient who thought he lost his best friend in the theater and the phone call he got in the hospital room. >>> good evening again tonight from aurora, colorado. as we come on the air this evening. president obama has just arrived to meet the survivors of the deadly rampage at the theater behind me. and residents of the community pay honor to the victims. and james holmes, the new videos and photographs emerges, showing holmes after high school graduation. and the material from the suspect's booby trapped apartment. and the 12 lives lost. the 6-year-old give who loved her ice cream and the navy s.e.a.l. who loved the mountains. first, the exclusive look at th
to the shooter. james holmes refusing to cooperate, using evidence bags as hand puppets. what was fueling his bizarre actions in the courtroom. >>> family fight. police called overnight to the jackson home. this photo showing janet and jermaine jackson arguing. new details to where the king of pop's mom has really been all the time. >>> and -- the boss' shocking secrets revealed. bruce springsteen opening up. >>> and the whole gang and breaking as we come on the air, that major increase in security at the olympics. the military force is now going to top 18,000 overall. minimum wage guards who weren't adequately trained and the government is not taking any chances now, just three days before the opening ceremonies. >> that's right, opening ceremonies on friday. >>> also ahead, the latest on the punishment for penn state, slapped with major penalties in the wake of that abuse scandal. so much emotional reaction from all sides. and a lot of debate of whether this punishment was too harsh on the school and the students there now. >>> also this morning, we're going to welcome will ferrell, can't w
in the movie shooting in colorado has back to court this morning. james holmes is expected to be formally charged. cameras will not be allowed in .he courtroom this time >> formal filing charges. prosecution is expected the hammer on james holmes. at his arraignment, he could face hundreds of charges included 12 counts of first- degree murder. and also reckless endangerment for the explosives found in his apartment. >> i do not care what the motive was. i want to see justice. >> she said she will be in the .ourt room she was shot several times. >> it was because of stress and trauma. >> many buried their loved ones over the weekend. at the center of this investigation is a notebook that school.ent to the >> a psychologist or psychiatrist may pose a threat states they are obligated to do something. >> a breach of confidentiality will lobby that in today. >> the movie theater that was scene of the shooting did any uniformed security duty the night of the incident. guards arered as generally aren't and spent time or dealing with disputes. stay with abc 7 news for continuing coverage of this
with the aftermath of the colorado shooting massacre. most of us got our first glimpse of james holmes during a court appearance yesterday. the longtime friends say they hardly recognize the young man they once new. >> with more on the unfolding legal case, we're joined by brandy in sentinel, colorado today. >> reporter: good morning, he appeared to be locked in his own world. >> given the nature of the charges you're currently being held. >> reporter: by dyed comic book hair, 24-year-old holmes sat silent in a colorado courtroom looking dazed and confused just like his booking photo. >> i sat looking at his face and eventually i had to get past that and see who the killer was. >> reporter: some of the victim's families walked into court hand in hand. it was the first time they could see the man police say opened fire in a movie theater, killing 12 people and wounding dozens more. it has some speculatoring he would be drugged. >> reporter: abc's dan abrams said it could help with an insanity plea. >> he could be extremely tired, some defect or he's faking it. >> reporter: as detectives now combed thr
that the tear gas cannisters launched into the audience were part of the movie until james holmes unloaded bullets. the blood-stained sidewalk. >> all i could think was if i stand up, he is going to shoot and i was trying to think how i was going to get my kids out of there. >> one survivor described it as hunting season. the way that james holmes slaughtered innocent victims at random. >> he shot people behind me and the bullet casings were on me and i smelled gunshots. >> he entered the theater with others. once inside, he popped open the emergency door and closed himself for combat wearing a gas mask and riot gear and armed himself for assault. >> i have seven down. >> there were guns firing and a loud bangs came from the right of the theater. smoke took over the entire theater and it was thick. >> holmes was found outside his car and immediately taken into custody. tonight, police have suspended efforts to get inside his apartment which they believe is laced with trip-wire bombs. >> it is vexing how to enter that apartment personally. i never see
and hearing the alleged movie theater killer, james holmes. >> hello, i'm james. >>> and new details about the lethal, elaborate trap that he set in his apartment. trip wires, i.e.d. aerial shells. now, police, trying to answer the big question -- why did he do it? >>> the loss. we now have the names, the pictures and the stories of the 12 people who died in that theater, including a 6-year-old girl and three men who sacrificed themselves for their girlfriends. >>> still alive. police now say those two missing cousins in iowa were kidnapped but they believe they're still alive, new hope this morning as they expand the search to other states. what are the new clues they have? >>> and missing? has michael jackson's mother vanished? paris jackson calling for help that she hadn't seen her grandmother for more than a week. so, where is katherine jackson? >>> hey, good morning. on this day that we'll see the president of the united states making a trip to aurora, colorado, to visit with the victims of the movie theater massacre. >>> also this morning, this abc news exclusive. videotape of the su
holmes will be appear in the araphoe county courtroom tomorrow. abc's clayton sandell has the latest from aurora, colorado. >> reporter: the prosecution's hammer is about to fall on james holmes. >> formal filing of charges this monday, july 30th. >> reporter: for the first time the accused mass murderer will hear the charges against him. ten days after police said that he came to a midnight screening of "the dark knight rises" opening fire. for thr hearing, they have banned cameras. the courtroom here is expected to be packed tomorrow. holmes could be facing hundreds of charges. including 12 counts of first degree murder. 58 counts of attempted murder. expect charges for first-degree assault and reckless endangerment. >> if he gets convicted of one count of first-degree murder, the punishment will either be death penalty. they want that out of the hands of the police and the d.a.'s. because there is a physician/patient privilege. >> reporter: we tried asking dr. fenton, what if anything did she know about holmes and his alleged plans? dr. fenton. she wasn't answering. always a chance tha
. abc's brandi hitt is in colorado. >> reporter: james holmes looked the same as he did last week in court, at times datesed and confuelsed with bright orange hair. only this time, cameras were not allowed inside. as the prosecution laid out 142 charges against him, including two murder counts for each death. >> 24 counts of murder in the first degree, 116 counts of attempt murder, one sentence enhancer, one class four felony possession of explosive device. >> reporter: in a show of solidarity many victims and families from the movie theater massacre attended the hearing and heard the accused killer speak for the first time. when the judge asked holmes if he wanted to wave his right to a speedy trial, holmes said yes. >> i do believe he should probably be locked away and -- and, live with what he did every day of his life. >> reporter: when the judge mentioned the death penalty, holmes looked right at him. the judge also ordered prosecutors return the journal home holmes sent to his psychiatrist that was intercepted by police. >> resentment that anybody could take away from some o
of the families were in the courthouse. i can only imagine how painful that must have been for them to see holmes in there and kind of act so, unfazed by everything. >> you can see the emotion on their faces too as they walked in. it appeared some of them were crying. what i found interesting is that you had perfect strangers who never knew, never knew each other before this tragedy and together some of them wanted to hold hands as they walked in. i also heard that in court, other families that were walking and meeting for the first time hugged in the middle of the courtroom. nice to meet you. they seemed to be unified, in this experience together. i think you are going to be seeing a lot more of that as, the hearing, the trial resumes. >> the bond of common loss on display in that courtroom. thank you to abc's brandi hitt reporting live from centennial, colorado. thank you, brandi. stay with abc news on the air and online as we cover every development from colorado in this horrible story. you can find updates at >>> turning to politics and the west coast where the president and mitt
exactly happened in the theater early last friday morning. they say james holmes he stalked around the theater shouting and appeared to pick out and target his victims. meantime "batman" star christian bale visited with survivors in the hospital thanking the medical staff and the police. some survivors got visits from the denver broncos. >> you can tell they actually care. that's why they're coming around to everybody. >> at the university of colorado hospital, hugo jackson medley was born tuesday morning. he and his mom, katie, who also was at the movie thooeater but t injured. they're doing well. in the same hospital her husband caleb critically injured. in a medically induced coma one floor below where his son was born. there are reports he is starting to breathe on his own. just the news of his son's birth is doing him a lot of good. >> so god to hear that. praying for both of the folks. the gun control debate is heating up after the colorado shootings. but on capitol hill debate is not going to turn into any action at least during the election year. democrating and congression
massacre gunman james holmes will be doing a few hours from now. >> what we can expect in court. the demands for colorado families justice confronted with grief. it's monday, july 30th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good monday morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. we are taking you to aurora, colorado for our top story. and there is outrage in mississippi this morning after a church refuses to marry an african-american couple part of the congregation. they say they were turned away because of their race. this is the 21st century. if something like this is happening it makes you question. >> oh, mississippi, mississippi. >>> all right, this morning, terror in northern california. aboard a brand new theme park ride called superman, ultimate flight. yeah, turned out to be an ultimate scare. those folks got stuck 150 feet up in the air. >> are they still up there? at this moment? we'll be taking you live to northern california. >> breaking news. >>> no secret the mayor of new york is health conscious and -- among other things. wait
tracking down the psychiatrist who was see ing colorado shooter james holmes. the question, what did she know and what did she obligate to report. >>> and the newest bond girl -- >> good evening, mr. bond. >>> the story behind that amazing cameo everyone is talking about. >>> good evening. david is on assignment tonight. the first full day of olympic competition is now in the recordbooks and there are some stunning results to report. and take a look at this photo. it says it all. 14-time gold medal swimmer michael phelps in disbelief. almost failing to qualify for an event he won during the last two olympics. meanwhile, the u.s. women's soccer team advanced to the semifinals with a powerful show of skill and team spirit. for more on that and all of the other olympic highlights we turn to abc's jeffery kofman in london tonight. good evening jeffery. >> reporter: sharyn, good evening to you from olympic park. of the 12 gold medals up for grabs on the first day of competition, the u.s. snagged two but the results left at least a few americans in shock. as expected an american won gold in th
are learning that before james holmes allegedly carried out his attack and ended up,the jail behind me. he may have railed out a road map to the massacre. tonight, abc news has learned a notebook believed to be written by the suspect, james holmes, was mailed to the university of colorado, where holmes had been a student, until dropping out last month. fox news is reporting the notebook was mailed to a sigh can i tryst at the university and that it contains, quote, full details about how he was going to kill people. drawings of what he was going to do in it. drawings and illustrations. there are conflicting reports on whether the notebook arrived at the university before or after the massacre. but it apparently wasn't found until monday, during a search of the mail room. this, of course, raises questions about whether if the package had been found before last thursday, the carnage could have been avoided. the university will not confirm the existence of the notebook, but released a statement, saying it delivers the mail the same day it is received. the university has also refused so say if jam
holmes is in isolation. the suspect received guns and bullets for months. our team is on the story tonight with new details about the suspect, those who died. and about the survivors who have defied even the doctors. the explosives, we learn, have been removed. tonight, federal authorities have joined the local police here, trying to carefully break through the gunman's trap. bomb squads taking care of the apartment. we found police tape and patrols surrounding the neighborhood for blocks. four buildings evacuated. wanted to give you a sense of all this. this is the suspect's building. the third floor. you can see the fire ladder up there over the building. the heavy, heavy police presence. federal authorities of course now here going in. they have police tape for several blocks. the media is kept on the sidewalk here. we go inside the apartment. one of the gunman's neighbors. just as the power goes out. authorities cutting electricity as a precaution. this mother frightened for her children. [ speaking spanish ] she says she's nervous. they have a clear view from her window of the
on 495 and on 50 between annapolis and bowie. the accused killer james holmes is scheduled to appear in for the first time this morning. >> police finished collecting evidence from his apartment, including several booby trap explosives. residents are still not allowed back because the building still some chemical hazard issues. the theater where the shooting remain closed as a crime scene for a couple weeks. >> the president flew to withado yesterday to visit families. another vigil was held to honor the victims. we get the latest details now from rebecca stevens. >> james holmes will not be charged today. prosecutors have three days to file the charges. 71 of them, one for each victim, and probably more. 12 people died and several others hospitalized in critical the gunman opened a crowded movie theater latest batman movie, rises."k knight a competency evaluation. for the first time, we are seeing and hearing the suspect exclusive video obtained by abc 7 news. him just after his high school graduation, making a presentation at science canmp. >> let them have more fun. >> a suspect i
this morning. >> james holmes is expected to hear the long list of charges against him with all eyes, again, on his appearance, though shocking in the first court appearance next week. >> brandi hitt joins us from colorado with more. good morning, brandi. >> reporter: good morning. in a few heres, we'll hear about the charges of james holmes. >> monday july 30th. >> reporter: the prosecution is expected to lay down the hammer on 24-year-old james holmes ten days after colorado's movie theater massacre. he could face hundreds of charges, including 12 counts of first degree murder, 58 counts of attempted murder. >> i don't care what his motive is. he knew what he was doing. i said, i want to see him. i want to see justice. >> reporter: ashley moser's stepmother says she'll be in the courtroom. not only did ashley lose her 6-year-old daughter in the shooting spree, she was shot several times and suffered a miscarriage. >> ashley's been through a lot. >> reporter: so have the victims' families. many buried their loved ones over the weekend. at the center of this investigation is a netbook that
of terror in colorado were in the courtroom as those charges were read. >> they watched as james holmes sat stonefaced, hearing the 142 counts against him. abc's tahman bradley has more. >> reporter: in a packed colorado courtroom, james holmes heard the charges that could cost him his life. just as he did in court last week, he sat dazed and confused. prosecutors charged holmes with 142 counts. two first-degree murder charges for each of those who were killed. and two attempted first-degree murder charges for everyone who was involved. >> one count of an explosive device. >> reporter: if convicted, holmes could face the death penalty. many of the victims and their families showed up to see holmes face the charges. they saw his fiery orange hair and heard him speak for the first time if he wanted to waive his right to a speedy trial. >> he looked like an animal in a corner. just a sickly animal that was defeated. >> reporter: as the case moves forward, there's sad news this morning about one of the victims. ashl ashley mosler, who lost her daughter in the shooting, is now expected to be par
the name of the 24-year-old suspect is james holmes. pierre, do we know anything more about mr. holmes? >> again, james holmes is described to me as federal law enforcement officials as 24 years old. white male. sources are saying that he has a pretty clean record so far, again, they have checked him out, no known nexus to domestic terrorism. sources are telling me that it's looking like a lone wolf scenario. as clayton sandell reported, more than 100 fbi acts on the scene assists the police. >> brian, getting information not only about his relationsh s relationships. >> abc news has spoken with his mother, in california, she confirmed for us that he is the person according to a phone call early this morning. >> that he's the one. >> she seems to be confused about it. she's in touch with local police in colorado as well. >> he's being described right now as a lone wolf, this is something that law enforcement officials have been worried about over the last year. >> if lone wolf applies to someone carry out a terror attack from a higher source, it doesn't seem to fit the profile, he app
where prosecutors leveled their charges at colorado shooting suspect james holmes. families of the victims looked on. james in his red hair. his reaction, seemed dazed. the charge, 140 counts of murder of attempted murder. the attack left 12 people dead, 58 people wounded in the premiere of the batman movie 12 days ago. >> rita was shot three dames but today climbed out of her hospital bed to see the man who put her there. james holmes was back in court today to hear the charges against him. cameras were banned but holmes demeanor much the same as when we saw him last week. eyes sometimes wide open, other times staring at the floor. hair still orange. he ws charged with 24 counts of first degree murder two counts for each person killed. because prosecutors say holmes acted both with premeditation nd extreme indifference. he was also charged with 116 counts of attempted murder and for possessing an explosive device. former marine donald later was in the theater that night, one of many who came to see holmes face to face. >> when i saw him in court today he looked like an anim
, the under the high-profile marriage of katie holmes splits from tom cruise. is she splitting from the church? did scientology play a sfloel. >> what really happened to amelia earhart, how a broken jar of freckle cream has been launching a brand new search. >> where am i, sir? >>> good evening. it is great to have you on a monday night. we do begin here with the extraordinary heat. let's take you straight to the map this evening. look at the deepest reds on the map. 45 states with staemps 90 and above. as you can see, so many in triple digits tonight. look at this, more than 31 heat records broken in the last month alone. this evening this baltimore, workers are giving out ice to neighbors. in north carolina, a mother and her baby standing in front of this giant fan. this evening imagine going through all this with no power. no fans, no ac, no refrigerator. tonight 2 million customers from illinois, to north carolina, to new jersey, still without power. the death tole, at least 22 people have died from the heat and the storms. sam is standing right here. first meteorologist ginger zee. >> no
. >> reporter: this morning, a huge clue about the suspected shooter. sources tell abc news james holmes may have mailed to the university of colorado, the school he attended until dropping out last month, a notebook detailing his plans to carry out the massacre. fox news quo quotes a law enforcement source containing full details about how holmes planned to kill people, including graphic images of people shooting and killing one another. in denver yesterday, the service for 51-year-old gordon cowden who went to the movie with his teenage children. >> it was hard, but it was good. >> reporter: many of the law enforcement heroes from that tragic night paid tribute to the victims. >> we're all human. we're all affected by this greatly. >> reporter: this morning, hearing more from the victims and their families. you might be surprised by the compassion they're showing the shooter. listen to pierce o'farrilo'farr. >> he's a lost soul right now. i just doctor i pray the lord can find his way into his heart and change him. >> reporter: shirley lost her daughter, rebecca, in the massacre. >> i'm so
in u.s. history now officially faces criminal charges. james holmes a appearing in the colorado group for the second time. this time to be formally charged for the july 20 attack the killed 12 people and injured 58 more. this video from last time around because no cameras were allowed in the courtroom today so we turn now to brandi hitt with the very latest. >> no cameras allowed in the courtroom, but we do know the hearing is underway. one is over, many legal experts believe james holmes will likely face hundreds of charges. >> filing charges this monday july 30. >> 24-year-old james holmes is formally hearing the charges against him and said a caller to a group of 10 days after the movie theater -- massacre in which 12 people were killed and 58 others with it, holmes changes -- faces charges of first-degree murder. >> if convicted of one count of first-degree murder, the punishment will be either the death penalty or life of the possibility of parole. >> the stepmother says -- ashley's stepmother will be in the court reporter she not only lost her 6-year-old stepdaughter in the shoo
detonated explosives inside james holmes apartment, they found much more. >> this is some serious stuff. >> inside, jars filled with chemicals and more than 30 improvised grenades. >> make no mistake, this apartment was designed to kill whoever entered it. >> it could have been this neighbor. >> at midnight we heard techno music and i went upstairs. >> friday morning she almost entered what police called a death trap and changed her mind. >> i do not know why. i was fearful for whatever reason. >> hours later the carnage inside of a movie theater. holmes with a shotgun handguns and 6000 rounds of ammunition open fire. >> i stayed down and kept my eyes closed. i said, keep praying. >> police say he began buying the weapons in may. he had no criminal record other than a speeding ticket. >> a nice kid from a nice neighborhood. i do not know. >> authorities say holmes has almost no on line footprint. they say he was planning about attacking at the same time he withdrew from a ph.d. program. >> he showed no emotion. he was kind of standoffish. he did not talk to many people. >> investigator
this happen? >>> secret hideout. new details from inside the tomkat divorce. did katie holmes move into a new york city apartment behind tom cruise's back? how that may help her in the battle for the custody of their daughter suri. >>> and box office booty. "magic mike" outstripping all of the competition for your dollar. women going to the movies in droves. is this the latest fad in female bonding? >>> good morning, everybody. we'll have to get through this show quickly. paula has early-morning tickets to go see "magic mike." >> no, i don't know. don't put me under the bus just yet. >> it's a sensitive issue. >>> first day of july. bianna is on vacation. we welcome back paula faris. who anchors our overnight program "world news now." good morning to you. >> what happened to june? i have nothing substantial to account for june. it's july 1st. >> you can hold ginger zee responsible. and we will. >> it's always ginger's fault. right? anything good or bad. >>> new this morning, escaping the flames from the worst wildfires in colorado history. a race for survival. tens of thousands of people driv
to postpone attempts to get inside james holmes' apartment. investigator here are now asking for additional help from the federal government. while continuing the evacuation order for the four other apartment buildings nearby. >> an awful lot of wires, trip wires. jars full of ammunition. jars full of liquid. a lot of challenges to get in there safely. ♪ amazing grace >> reporter: as night fell, families came together in prayer and remembrance. >> it's just devastating and really hard to deal with. >> right now, find four people, give them the best hugs you have! >> we are seeing this community rise up and do t the thingshat great communities do. >> reporter: this morning, many for questions than answers about what the possible motive could have been. police say holmes died his hair a fiery color and said, i am the skroeker. reminiscent of heath ledger's famous portrayal. >> he's been shot. >> i've got a child victim. i need rescue at the back door of theater nine now. >> he didn't move at all. >> reporter: steefb barton was in the midst of a cross-country bike trip when he made the decis
theater massacre, we learned james holmes was under a doctor's care at the time of the attack. a psychiatrist with a chilling specialty, schizophrenia. >> reporter: today we learned james holmes, 24-year-old accused mass murderer, was also a psychiatric patient. while attending graduate school at the university of colorado, this court filing from his attorney reveals holmes was a patient of dr. lynne fenton, who, according to her website, specializes in schizophrenia. the defense is upset that leaks to the media revealed a package holmes sent to fenton, claiming the notebook in that package and whatever it reveals is protected by doctor-patient confidentiality. the question now, what, if anything, did holmes' psychiatrist know? and if there were warnings about his plans, was she required to speak up? >> if a psychology or psychiatrist feels someone they're treating may pose a threat, in most states they are obligated to do something. >> reporter: also today, we learned investigators are scouring the mountains two hours west of denver. the owner of this gun shop says agents tol
at the school where holmes had been a student. the school maintains it is unable to discuss anything further about holmes or that package citing a gag order placed on the case by a judge. larry jacobs, ax nebc news, new york. >> wonderful news the medical bills will be partially or entirely retired. one of the new details that came out, on june 7, after james took a key oral exam, he went out to a sporting goods store and bought one of the rifles he used in the attack. three days later he withdrew from the program. he ultimately did fail the exam by the way. so, now they're wondering was the academic failure something that triggered whatever episode he had that led to the shooting? other situation, maybe a recent breakup with a girlfriend. that would have been a factor as well. no one knows for sure. speculative >> he had been ordering shipments for four months. it's hard to think that one -- triggered it. >> mental illness lying it all and breakup or failure at school triggered it and brought it violently to the surface. a theory. >> we heard a theme of forgiveness. a lot of the survivors s
to the man who saved his life. >>> superstar split. tom cruise and katie holmes' seemingly perfect marriage over. why is katie suing for sole custody of suri? >>> it's america's biggest birthday party ever. an epic week-long celebration. from the hottest beauty secrets to the coolest dogs. the sweetest celebration, only on "gma." >>> and you're going to be hearing from katy perry a little bit later here on "good morning america." good morning, everyone. george is taking time off. we have josh back. the people are going crazy that you're back. >> turns out sleep is rather important to the human body. >> who knew? >> who knew? >>> good news for the folks visiting us on vacation. if you're hitting the road for the fourth of july break, the gas prices continue to plummet. >> good news for a lot of folk. >>> exclusive video of the family of the american graduate student that was attack by chimps. they're arriving at a hospital in south africa. their son is in stable condition. we'll have the latest with andrew. >> what a story. >>> we begin with the heat wave. 16 states under warnings of advisor
. suspect jason holmes appeared in court and had orange hair and appeared tired and was the spirit his mug shot was just released to the media. charges have not yet been filed. about an hour ago, his family issued a stage -- issued a statement. >> amid tight security and with several victims' families in the staring hat -- staring at him intently, the former phd student shuffled in from jail where he is being held in solitary confinement. he sat next to his court- appointed attorney and said nothing. >> accused shooter jason holmes sat in court his red and orange hair and her car -- underscoring reports that he was telling police he was the joker. he was dazed, fuelling speculation he might have been drugged. one of several possibilities. >> they could have medicated him, he could have been up for the entirety of the time since friday night and saturday morning and days before that. he could be in the midst of a psychotic break. >> he's charged with killing 12 and injuring 58 others in last friday's midnight movie theater massacre. prosecutors say they are considering the death pe
. >>> and later in the pulse -- katie holmes lines up her first big acting gig since the big breakup. >>> welcome back, everybody. well, ford has a very unusual message for owners for some new escape suvs, stop driving them now, in fact, they say the fuel line can crack and spill gas which could start an engine fire, three fires have been reported so far, the recall involves more than 11,000 suvs, both here in the u.s. and in canada. >>> well, echoes of the subprime mortgage mess are being seen in student lones, a government report out this morning, said that the same kind of risky lending caused private student loan debt to explode. leaving borrowers unable to pay it back. more than a $1 trillion overall owed for education. >>> target is about to take aim at a new group of shoppers, city dwellers, instead of those usual sprawling stores in suburbs and shopping malls, the big-box retailer is now opening its first three smaller stores next week, you can find them in chicago, l.a. and seattle. the urban versions will be a third smaller. >>> and online shopping giant is looking to up the
of what may have led to katie holmes' decision to end her marriage. reports here in new york say holmes was afraid that tom cruise would send their 6-year-old daughter to a hard-core scientology program. >> some have compared it to a boot camp where church principles are taught under military-like conditions. that was apparently the final straw for katie holmes. >>> and this dad gets an "a" for effort. but he'll also have to deal with being the laughing stock of his neighborhood. >> the dad was trying to hang a swing for his daughter when something suddenly went wrong. he actually got stuck in the tree. the fire department had to be called in to get the red-faced dad down from there. >> and his wife could be heard giggling the whole time as she captured the embarrassing ordeal on video. >> he's still a good daddy. >> he was trying to do something nice. >>> for some of you, now, your local news is coming up next. and two pills. afternoon's overhaul starts with more pain. more pills. triple checking hydraulics. the evening brings more pain. so, back to more pills. almost done, when... han
settlement. their lawyer saying the deal is done. as new pictures emerge of katie holmes starting life as a single mom. inside the details of their their agreement. and why religion played a key role. >>> i love the new shots every morning. never know how they're going to come in. >> good morning, everybody, on this tuesday morning. the gang is all here again. >> everyone here. we have a lot to get to this morning. the race for the white house could not be any closer right now. we have a brand-new abc news poll. it shows voters split down the middle between president obama and mitt romney. you see right there. dead heat. we're going to get into what this all means and talk to the president's top political strategist, in just a minute. >> four months to go until election day. >>> and justin bieber, calling 911, climbing paparazzi in cars are chasing him at high speed. you're going to hear the tape. >> you can hear he was worried at that one. >>> and how about that debut for "gaa." josh and lara are here. you had a live studio audience. >> and you know what we had? nice gifts from the tw
james holmes. >> and why wal-mart stores in three different states were evacuated, coming up on abc 7 news at 11:00 p.m. >> tonight, thousands of patients across the country say they are fearful and angry at dillon they could be victims of a serial in fekter -- serial infector. investigators say he allegedly passed on the virus to at least 30 patients in new hampshire. a nationwide investigation is underway because of the suspect work in eight states and at 4 maryland hospitals before moving to new england. >> in terms of giving these victims back what was taken from them, we can do that. this is a tragic circumstance. >> they asked more than 3000 patients to get tested, they say that the logistics are too much to handle. meanwhile, the suspect remains in jail. >> funerals were held today in three states for victims of the colorado massacre. while many question the tragic, one of the survivors says he plans to pray for the gunman. he thought he was going to die in this terrible moments in the theater and he made peace with himself. now that he is out of the also, he is not only prayi
theater shooting that shocked the nation. the suspect james holmes made his first appearance in a, a courtroom. he looked dazed as the judge explained the process ahead of him. that will ultimately include being charged for the attack that left 12 people dead and 58 injured friday morning. let's get the latest from colorado with rebecca stevens. and the only suspect in the movie pewter massacre has made his first appearance in court. people were not sure what to expect when he appeared. the mass murder suspect was brought from solitary confinement to his first court appearance through an underground tunnel. in the brief hearing, the judge told him why he is being held. >> you also have the right to have a jury trial. >> yuba county district attorney tells abc news that she will consider the death penalty in after discussing it with the victims' families. the 24-year-old doctoral student is accused of killing 12 moviegoers and injuring 58 after firing a weapon during the night premiere of the batman sequel. investigators combing through the content of his apartment tell abc news th
>>> good morning, america. tragedy in colorado. mass shooting suspect james holmes heads to court this morning. we hear him speak for the first time. >> i'm james. over the course of the summer i've been working with an illusion. it allows you to change the past. >> and the chilling evidence found inside his apartment. including a batman mask. >>> real-life heroes. friends in the line of fire. risking their lives for one another. the new stories of courage against all odds. >>> fall of a legend. the 900-pound statue of joe paterno removed from penn state. now, this morning, unprecedented sanctions against the school and the football program. >>> and jackson family mystery. michael's mom reported missing. who had her? where was she? and why is paris saying she hasn't talked to her for a week? inside the growing family feud. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome back, robin. boy, we're learning so much more now about what was behind that movie theater massacre. there is james holmes there. investigators are focused on one question. how did he go from a ph.d. candidate to masterminding
outside james holmes apartment on saturday. >> this is a trip wire was set up to detonate when somebody entered that apartment. it was set up to kill that person. >> the aurora community is in shock after he opened fire during a screening of "the dark knight rises." 12 people died in nearly 60 hurt. three service members were among the victims, including john larimer. he joined the navy last year. alex sullivan also shot and killed. some of the victims look back on the quarter. -- the horror. >> a few centimeters there and i do not think i would have left the theater. >> i had my face down on the ground and i stayed as still as possibly could. i prayed and i prayed and he fired off a couple more rounds. then he laughed. >> police arrested holmes at the scene. he is expected to appear in court on monday. a steady stream of people come to make -- pay their respects at the memorial. the city is planning an official vigil tomorrow evening. >> we are learning now that president obama will be in attendance for that vigil. he will visit colorado tomorrow. but we are continuing to follow any ne
. a judge's barring news cameras from the next court hearing for the accused gunman james holmes. a judge denied the request for camera after weighing issues including whether such coverage would interfere with having a fair trial. his neighbors are allowed back home after investigators searched his apartment. he may have mailed a notebook to the university of colorado detail in his plan to carry out the mass shooting. now the latest details from. >> a huge clue about the suspected shooter in the movie theater massacre. james holmes may have mailed to the university of colorado, a school attended until dropping out last month a notebook detailing his plan to carry out the massacre. fox news has quoted a law- enforcement source said the notebook contains full details about how he was planning to kill people, including graphic illustrations and descriptions of killing one another. there was for a 51-year-old who went to the moveie with his teenage children. >> it was hard. >> many of the law enforcement heroes paid tribute to the victim's. >> we are all affected by this greatly. >> this mor
and not the name of the coward you did this attack. >> james holmes, police still let not been able to enter his apartment because they believe it was beebe trapped. he was in colorado -- they believe his apartment was bobby trapped. >> strong words from michael bloomberg, new york city mayor. he challenged both presidential candidates to get specific about how they would address violence. >> words are nice and maybe it is nice for the two people who want to be president of the united states him stand up and tell us what they want to do about it. >> mayor bloomberg is just one of many leaders responding to this terrible tragedy. make sure to tune in for our news tonight. you can head over to >> we are following some breaking news concerning the pepco request for a rate increase. just moments ago the rate increase was approved, allowing them to collect an additional $18 million. on average, pepco customers in maryland will be paying more. they had requested an additional increase but the bulk of that recovery is -- of that increase was rejected. but and another round of thunderstorms go
they saw james holmes in court. he is the man accused of killing 12 people. >> he held me down and turned my head. he said, sh. ok i am dead. >> her boyfriend rest is like to savers. he is one of the 12 people killed in last week's movie theater massacre. and his father sat in the front row as the accused gunman james holmes appeared in court for the first time. he seemed dazed in court. he wasn't drug and he has been acting strange. >> is he faking it? >> the possibility of that is 20%. >> several victims are still in critical condition. players from the denver broncos it's a to them in a hospital and said it is time for this community to come together. >> you the stories of people in tough situations and doing courageous acts, sitting each other, putting other people's lives before themselves. >> he would do anything for me. he always told me that. i wish i could have protected him the same way that he protected me. >> abc 7 has learned that one of the victims seriously hurt in the attack planned to start -- school at the university of maryland this fall. -- start graduate school at th
to help pull victims out of the ocean. new details still coming in. >>> blind siding tom. katie holmes' plans to exit her marriage to tom cruise. how she planned her bombshell announcement. dumping her cell phone and changing her number. how she took tom by total surprise. >>> and parachute peril. look at this. the daredevil jump caught on tape gone horribly wrong. the man leaping from 40 stories up. his chute, failing to deploy. how he survived the jaw-dropping plunge. >>> and good morning, everyone. and, yes, he is okay. that last piece of video that you saw. george spending more time with his family. josh is here. it's a busy morning, josh. >> it is. >>> we have breaking news to bring you just as we come on air. moments ago, on a highway in britain. that's a bus that was pulled over by police for suspicious activity. you see passengers lining the side of the road. we can tell you that right now hazmat teams are going row-by-row, through that bus. as details come available, we'll have that for you. >>> all that just after an early-morning raid by police in a residence, near olympic p
to mend other areas of herself. >> reporter: on monday accused shooter james holmes will be in court to hear the charges against him including 12 counts of murder. while a grad student holmes was a psychiatric patient and while it's still early the former head of the state public defender's office predicts holmes will claim insanity. >> clearly what you're looking at is somebody who has serious mental health issues and there's no question that that's what's being explored as we speak by those people representing him. >> reporter: anna moser says she will be at the courtroom tomorrow and if she can talk to james holmes knows exactly what she would tell him. >> how dare you. who gave you the right? i don't care what your motive is, he knew what he was doing. that's it. i want to see him -- i want to see justice. >> reporter: clayton sandell, abc news, aurora, colorado. >>> and going back to london now, a startling image from the opening ceremony. there in the red shirt right along the indian athletes in black an apparent crasher. an olympic official says she was a cast member helping w
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